Made a hash of a multi part response thread to reply just now so for those asking how do we get to c. 800k in Scotland digitally excluded... here we go👇
Digital exclusion is a combination of access to a device, to connectivity and means to pay for it, and basic digital skills. It’s not just about having access to a device. Factors such as poverty, motivation, confidence and accessibility issues for disabled people, also issues.
2 in 10 adults in Scotland (880,000) lack basic digital skills. 1 in 10 have no basic digital skills. Particularly important in lockdown are those basic skills - find info, order shopping online, fill in a form online etc.
On basic access - latest Scottish Household Survey findings - a) 13% of households have no internet access at home (rises to 17% in lowest income households) - ie c 680000 people do not have internet access at home and b) 1 in 8 adults do not use the internet at all.
And then we have to factor in people who have internet access at home and basic digital skills but can afford little or no access. Multi person and multi child household where the numbers of devices and data allowance size are issues etc
Data is harder to access there unfortunately. And data on children not clear other as while many children are digitally active it’s often at school and schools and colleges struggle to ensure all young people have access to internet at home.
So overall assumption is that c 800000 are digitally excluded, 680000 because they do not have access to the internet at home and the rest a combo of no and low digital skills and/or poverty and/or extremely limited data.
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